St. Vitus' Day in Serbia in 2020

St. Vitus' Day in Serbia in 2020
Gazimestan monument on Vidovdan in 2009 Image by Радосав Стојановић
  How long until St. Vitus' Day?
This holiday next takes place in 223 days.
  Dates of St. Vitus' Day in Serbia
2021 Serbia Mon, Jun 28 Not A Public Holiday
2020 Serbia Sun, Jun 28 Not A Public Holiday
2019 Serbia Fri, Jun 28 Not A Public Holiday
2018 Serbia Thu, Jun 28 Not A Public Holiday
2017 Serbia Wed, Jun 28 Not A Public Holiday
  Summary
Remembrance of the Battle of Kosovo in 1389. St Vitus's feast day is 15 June in the Julian calendar

When is St. Vitus' day?

St. Vitus' Day (Serbian: Vidovdan) is celebrated on June 28th. It marks a 14th-century battle that has become an important part of Serb ethnic and national identity. Vidovdan is celebrated as a slava (feast day) in Serbia, though it is a working day.

The Serbian Orthodox Church designates it as a memorial day to Saint Prince Lazar and the Serbian holy martyrs who fell during the Battle of Kosovo against the Ottoman Empire in 1389.

History of St. Vitus' Day

Saint Vitus was a Christian saint from Sicily. He died as a martyr during the persecution of Christians by co-ruling Roman Emperors Diocletian and Maximian in 303.

In the late Middle Ages, people in Germany celebrated the feast of Vitus by dancing before his statue. This dancing became popular and the name "Saint Vitus Dance" was given to the neurological disorder Sydenham's chorea.

The Battle of Kosovo took place on St. Vitus' Day (June 15th in the Julian calendar) 1389 between an army led by the Serbian Prince Lazar Hrebeljanović and an invading army of the Ottoman Empire.

While the Ottomans suffered huge losses, they eliminated all of Prince Lazar's forces. This led to Ottoman control in the region which lasted for several centuries.

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